When we were growing up we usually had home-cooked meals. There was always time to turn on the stove or bake something in the oven. Sitting down to a family meal was a way to wind down from the day. Wholesome food that was good for you.
Today, this may not be the case for you. Your living arrangement might not come with a kitchen or you are a digital nomad, making a living online while traveling the world. Whatever the reason, you need to figure out how to eat healthy without a kitchen.
Not all healthy meals need to be made in your own kitchen. With a little old-fashioned ingenuity and some healthy ingredients, your mealtime is a no-brainer. And if you want something home-cooked and healthy, why not use a meal delivery service to do the cooking. So forget the kitchen and have a feast!
Here are 8 great ideas on how to eat healthy without a kitchen:
1. Food Delivery
Up until now, I’ve been talking about healthy foods you can make without a kitchen. How about having someone else make the food? There are fast food options but they are less than ideal really. There are a few exceptions but overall you shouldn’t make a regular habit of eating at these places.
Why not get a homemade meal delivered? There are great options for having healthy, chef-prepared meals brought to your door. Check out a local meal delivery service that have made it their goal to provide tasty homemade food that’s good for you, that you don’t have to make. You can go for a one-time meal delivery or subscribe to ongoing meals. The choice is yours.
There’s nothing quite like a sandwich filled with your favourite veggies and protein. You get to choose what goes in and what doesn’t. It’s a fast meal that’s easy to put together and doesn’t require a stove or oven. And with lots of bread options, you could eat sandwiches for weeks without having to repeat one. Now that’s variety!
Smoothies are great ideas on how to eat healthy without a kitchen. Blended drinks are all the rage but they don’t have to be a frappe, packed with sugar. You can blend up nutritional goodness with spinach, kale, flaxseed, and water. Then add your favourite berries and you have a meal in a cup that will fill you up. You can make this your breakfast go-to meal and the best part is that it’s portable. It goes where you go.
We all know what a salad is but have you ever wondered what a salad could be? You can go with a classic like a Caesar or chef salad and you’ll be glad you did. But if you are craving a special something you can throw that in with a few handfuls of lettuce and create your own masterpiece. Get a cooked chicken from the grocery store and include your protein. Bottom line… salads are delicious and really good for you so make them a staple in your healthy diet.
5. Fancy Toast
This is a small meal that has been getting some traction, and for good reason. We all love toast. Never mind the PB & J though because these are on another level. Go for avocado with red onion and tomato, all mixed up and thrown on top. On the messier side, you can have mushrooms on toast. Get creative because toast makes the perfect vessel for your healthy topping to sit on.
6. Snack Board/Charcuterie
This festival of goodness takes snack time to another level. A charcuterie board is an array of fancy meats and treats that can be eaten one by one or combined. Put together some tasty cured meats with cheese, olives, crackers, and nuts. Pickles and dried fruit are good too. You can make this snack board as healthy as you want but be wary. When you have so many yummy treats in front of you. They may not last long.
7. Cereal Grains
If you like cereal, then kitchenless meals are a snap. All you need is your preferred brand of cereal and whatever “milk” you like and in 2 or 3 moves, you got a meal. Jazz it up with fruits and nuts and it gets even healthier. Granola is another option with yogurt and oatmeal will fill you up with warm deliciousness. Pick the healthiest grains you can get and fill up that belly!
A cool take on a sandwich and just as much fun. A wrap is more free form so you can throw in bulky items like chunks of chicken and slices of avocado. As long as you can get it twisted up without dumping all the food out the back you are good. There are several kinds of options for your wrap from tortilla to roti. Pick a tasty one and stuff it tight!